Lamy residents fighting oil firm’s plan for rail shipments

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  • Lamy-area residents aim to fight oil firm’s plan for rail shipments

    A sign near the Mission Chapel of Our Lady of Light in Lamy calls for opposition to a proposed railway loading site for crude oil. Communities south of Santa Fe are already gearing up to fight the proposal, and a public meeting is scheduled Saturday at the old Legal Tender Saloon. Clyde Mueller/The New Mexican

Posted: Thursday, January 16, 2014 7:00 pm | Updated: 11:21 am, Fri Jan 17, 2014.

Communities south of Santa Fe are gearing up to fight a proposed railway loading site for crude oil in Lamy — or at least weigh in on the matter.

Crude oil producers have increasingly turned to railroads for shipping as oil production has increased around the country. Shipments by rail ballooned from 10,840 in 2009 to an estimated 400,000 in 2013. Oklahoma-based Pacer Energy Marketing plans to truck crude oil from the Four Corners area to property in Lamy owned by Santa Fe Southern Railway, where the oil would be transferred to rail cars and shipped to refineries south of Albuquerque.

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  • Joseph Hempfling posted at 10:28 am on Fri, Jan 17, 2014.

    joehempfling Posts: 188

    Another attempt by the out of control Oil and Gas Industry to slip under the radar and endanger our environment, our water supply AND very way of life. All in the trumpted up name of profits and supposedly National Security ?? And once again if and when something goes wrong, like in West Virginia, "they" get the profits and we get the costs ! Bye Bye Gallisteo Basin !! LETS NOT LET THIS HAPPEN AND STOP IT NOW !

  • paul olshefsky posted at 9:00 am on Fri, Jan 17, 2014.

    Lamy Lineman Posts: 5

    Amtrak has said that they will reroute the Southwest Chief away from it's present route, because of the condition of the RR tracks. Why is it that it's OK to transport Oil on these same tracks? I fear a catastrophe is in the making. The greed of out-of staters to benefit themselves in our state, with No benefit to NM is alarming! I fear that this is just a foot in the door for these oil people, with much bigger ideas to come. Why does our Governor and state representatives allow this!

  • Philip Taccetta posted at 8:39 am on Fri, Jan 17, 2014.

    PhiltheElder Posts: 188

    With three serious accidents, petroleum companies don't have much of a safety record to brag about. One of these accidents led to the deaths of many residents of a small town that had the misfortune of having a railroad line through it. Most of the town was destroyed as well. Now Pacer wants to use Lamy, a town with only one way in or out, for an oil transfer point. "Just trust us" - what could possibly go wrong? In addition, does anyone remember the wonderful aroma of crude oil? Certainly would whet my appetite for a nice dinner at The Legal Tender, which will never reopen if Pacer has its way. Of course if you were one of the unfortunate citizens of Lamy, one benefit might be weight loss - who could eat with that stench?

  • Mike Palaima posted at 8:09 am on Fri, Jan 17, 2014.

    pressman Posts: 34

    There are already direct and established routes for getting crude oil shipped to refineries in NM. Creation of a transfer site in Lamy does nothing but increase the carbon footprint of that shipping, and probably the actual cost per unit, since it increases the distance the trucks will be on the road. All the idea appears to do is bail out a failing enterprise of a tourist train, by cronies in the oil business, at the direct expense of citizens, their lives, their investments, and their community. These companies are not NM based companies, but they want to and are, utilizing New Mexico resources for their profits, with no consideration given to the economic and social and environmental impact their activities cause to anyone, or anything as long as their profits continue to occur. This new haul route may cost Pacer a few dollars, oh they'll still profit, and will also poise the Lamy terminal for further gas and oil exploitation in the future, further decreasing property values and quality of life in Lamy, Galisteo, Eldorado and the US 285 corridor. The few making it on the backs of the many. None of them live here! An egregious breach of the public trust. How many of these concerned Pacer and RR executives would like this facility in the back yards of their gated and sealed private home communities in Texas and Oklahoma?


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